Monitor Audio Goes Platinum

I have to admit that Monitor Audio has been one of those companies whose products I've just taken for granted. I went into the Monitor Audio room at FSI more-or-less from a sense of duty, but was almost literally stopped in my tracks. What's this? A new speaker that doesn't have the conservative look that I associate with Monitor Audio, and sound that was arrestingly lifelike. The speaker was the Platinum 300 ($8995—all prices in this report per pair), the top of the Platinum range that will be available in May 2007. It uses a ceramic-coated aluminum-magnesium ribbon tweeter, honeycomb-sandwiched midrange and bass drivers, in an enclosure made of a cast anti-resonance composite material. The claim bandwidth is 28Hz–100kHz. (I could hear a small peak at 45kHz, and another one at 82kHz.) If I remember correctly—I wrote this info down but can't find it—the source was a Simaudio CD player and the amplification was courtesy Linar Audio.

SPY's picture

Great reporting as usual. But now that I'm actually in the market for a speaker upgrade I have to join the chorus of people complaining about dramatically escalating hi-fi prices. PLEASE tell us: What are the best speakers you're seeing/hearing in the $1500-2500 price range?

kelly gilchrist's picture

Auditioned Elac 204.2 bookshelves and 207.2 floorstanders - absolutely killed B&W product I was interested in the same price range.K.G.

Andrew's picture

As Kevro International also distributes Musical Fidelity in Canada, the source was the MF DM25 Transport and DAC combo, feeding into the kwp two-chassis preamp, and then going into the kwp monos (1000w into 8ohms).

Hardrock's picture

I did saw the demo it was Musical Fidelity but A5 CD player and kW 500 integrated with kW PSU !